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Your Guide to a Clean & Organized Kitchen

I don’t know about you, but the kitchen is the most used room in my house. Three square meals plus a couple of snacks each day, means cooking…and cleaning galore.

You probably know that cleaning as you go is the ideal way to keep a kitchen clean. But if you have a hungry husband, a toddler running around, and a baby at your feet (and in your cabinets), that may not always be possible. It may not ever be possible!

Sometimes you just have to scrounge through the cabinets, ignore scraps that fell to the floor, use the mixer on high, cook too fast and pray the splatters on your wall don’t dry before you get a chance to wipe them up.

Sometimes…just sometimes, the kitchen becomes so much of a disaster that the typical daily cleanup doesn’t do it justice. Every once in a while the kitchen just needs a complete overhaul to become functional again.

That’s why I want to invite you to come with me on a thirty-one day journey to get your kitchen clean and organized once and for all. To make it a room where you can find every piece of equipment you need. A room that doesn’t store equipment you don’t need. A place where you know what ingredients you have and which ones you need to get. A room that isn’t crammed, but feels spacious – even if it’s tiny. To make the kitchen a room you enjoy.

A clean and organized kitchen IS possible. And it can become a reality by doing one small step each day.


You can read all the details by clicking the links below. 


You can sign up to have one task emailed to you each day in May.

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Your Guide to a Clean & Organized Kitchen

Day 1 :: Do the dishes

Day 2 :: Remove the clutter

Day 3 :: Clean the trash can

Day 4 :: Clean the microwave

Day 5 :: Clean the dishwasher

Day 6 :: Clean and organize the refrigerator

Day 7 :: Clean and organize the freezer

Day 8 :: Replace refrigerator water filter

Day 9 :: Clean *often* ignored areas of the refrigerator

Day 10 :: Clean the oven

Day 11 :: Clean stove top burners

Day 12 :: Clean the garbage disposal

Day 13 :: Plasticware and storage ware

Day 14 :: Plan with a purpose

Day 15 :: Kitchen drawers

Day 16 :: Cups, mugs, and glasses

Day 17 :: Plates, bowls, and other dishes

Day 18 :: Pots, pans, and bakeware

Day 19 :: Pantry organization

Day 20 :: Clean cutting boards and sharpen knives

Day 21 :: Clean your coffee maker

Day 22 :: Clean your small appliances

Day 23 :: Check the freshness of your herbs and spices

Day 24 :: Clean under the sink

Day 25 :: Deep clean cabinet doors

Day 26 :: Clean tile and touch up paint on walls

Day 27 :: Deep clean floors

Day 28 :: Detail the kitchen

Day 29 :: Meal plan

Day 30 :: New kitchen supplies

Day 31 :: Rinse and repeat

Save/Pin this free printable! Hang it up on your fridge and repeat the process often. Your kitchen will thank you!

Click here to print Your Guide to a Clean and Organized Kitchen free printable.

  • carriem September 18, 2012, 11:44 am

    Thanks! I need this!

  • niki riat September 18, 2012, 4:28 pm

    Im so in! Looking forward to this challenge :)

  • Sue L September 18, 2012, 9:45 pm

    I’m so in too!! Do I ever need it … when will it start?!

    • iDreamOfClean September 20, 2012, 1:39 pm

      Well, yes, that’s important information isn’t it :) It will start October 1!

  • Tyna September 20, 2012, 2:41 pm

    Oh I sooo need this. I have a tiny kitchen and a family of 7!

  • MaryJane Higgins September 20, 2012, 3:53 pm

    I am soooo ready for this. HELP!

  • Shonda September 20, 2012, 4:11 pm

    I definitely need this! I have been trying to so hard to get this kitchen act together!

  • Heidi September 22, 2012, 11:45 am

    I really need to do this! Last night we pulled out 2 hand mixers and 8 bowls, ridiculous!

  • Meghan September 22, 2012, 1:19 pm

    I am definitely in , this is VERY much needed in our house right now!!

  • Martha September 22, 2012, 2:12 pm

    I’m in!!! Excited to get started!

  • Debbie September 22, 2012, 9:20 pm

    WAHOO!!! Can’t wait! And thanks!

  • Alexandra September 24, 2012, 8:48 pm

    count me in!! I need this!! Thanks!

  • Karen September 26, 2012, 12:33 pm

    I am in!! My kitchen is a MESS!!

  • felicia willi September 26, 2012, 12:40 pm

    i am soin, i cant wait

  • Peggy September 26, 2012, 12:43 pm

    Wow do I ever need this! and not just in our kitchen (which is connected to the dining room which is connected to the family room on one side and the living room on the other side… can you say a fairly open “T”?) Now if only our teenage boys would step up to the bat on this…. for years they were great but in the past few months have started leaving stuff out ALL over the place! Looking forward to this… and have already started implementing a couple of little things… such as making sure the sink and countertop is cleared and cleaned every sink night!

  • Michelle September 26, 2012, 1:43 pm

    I just straightened out my kitchen. Seems when the kids put things away, they can be kind of lazy in putting them away in proper places. Since they went back to school on the 4th, I got that all back in order. :)

  • Ange September 26, 2012, 2:18 pm

    I have a cleaning question that I need help with. We installed hand scraped tongue and groove 5″ oak planks in our house. Love the flooring except for the bevels. When I use a swifter it wants to push the dirt into the bevels, so I have to use vacuum instead. I am looking for a stick vacuum that has enough power to suck up the dirt. Do you have any suggestions on which brand would be the best to buy? Also, what kind of cleaner do you recommend to use on the flooring? Right now I use a Simple Green and water mixture. Thank you for your help.

  • Jennie September 26, 2012, 3:25 pm

    Does this start 10/01? Is it an email challenge or do you subscribe?

    • iDreamOfClean September 26, 2012, 8:20 pm

      Yes, it starts 10/1. Just come back here every day for the details! Or get the link on Facebook, twitter, pinterest, sign up via email… Whew! There are a lot of ways join us! :)

  • Laurie Fite September 26, 2012, 5:36 pm

    Count me in!

  • Jennifer September 26, 2012, 8:39 pm

    I’m excited! I have been saying to my husband that I just don’t know where to start.

    • iDreamOfClean September 27, 2012, 8:25 pm

      Starting is often the hard part :)

  • Janet September 27, 2012, 11:17 am

    Count me in too. I so need this! Thanks for the challenge.

  • Tammy Dreiske September 28, 2012, 10:52 am

    How much time a day do you figure each step takes?

  • Cordelia September 28, 2012, 5:15 pm

    Oh, I would love to be part of this! If I can just get a routine going………..!

  • SHERYL September 30, 2012, 10:01 am


  • Jerimi October 1, 2012, 12:12 pm

    What a wonderful idea! The kitchen is definitely the heart of a home, isn’t it? If the kitchen is a mess, everything is a mess. Thanks so much for sharing this blog series!

  • Maria {The BMC Report} October 1, 2012, 10:52 pm

    I am loving this idea!! Can’t wait to read!


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